Thrift Store Planters

September 1, 2017


Frog Garden Planter

So it's September. It's a month with one foot in summer and the other in fall. Makes it a little hard to decorate, doesn't it? Oh sure, if you love autumn, then it's time to break out the pumpkins. Here in my neck of the woods, that would feel a little premature.


You see, we get all four seasons around here and we get them in full force. So in early September, the pool is still open, the beaches are still packed and the schools are still closed.

It's just not pumpkin time yet.

Unfortunately, it's not really popsicle season either. The flowers have all lost a bit of their sparkle, you need a sweater at night and it would seem odd if I broke out the watermelons and flamingos ~ well, if I had any.

But you get the picture.

Instead, in September, my home decor dances somewhere in the middle. I am slowly transitioning away from summer and moving toward fall with a few season-less crafts, things that would be appropriate for any time of the year.

For example, today, I'm sharing planters that I made from thrift store finds.

Tea Cup Planter


Tea Cup Planter

First up, tea cup planters.

I have always had a love of tea cups, unfortunately, I don't have a lot of storage or display space in this tiny cottage, so if I buy them, I need to use them and a planter is a perfect way to do just that.

My stinky thrift store always has a great supply of tea cups, saucers and mugs. They are usually less than a buck apiece and are available in a multitude of styles from rustic to elegant. Just grab one that suits you and you're in business. 

Since there are no holes in the bottom of a tea cup and I was not about to add any, I sprinkled a few small pebbles in the bottom for drainage before I added soil.

Tea Cup Planter Drainage

Next, I poked around my garden for something that would look good in the cup, with the design and colors and planted it inside. 

It looks super in my kitchen and since it's from my garden, it's a hearty plant and I have half a chance of keeping it alive

Fingers crossed. 

Scouring Pad Holder Planter


Thrift Store Planter

Next up, is my scouring pad holder planter. Yup, you heard me right, I made a planter from a decorative scouring pad or sponge holder. Call it what you will.

I found this cute guy at the thrift store. He was a total impulse purchase and frankly a little pricey, but since I have a thing for frogs, he came home with me. Initially, I had visions of him living in my cottage style garden.

Frog Scouring Pad Holder
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Turns out, he's going to reside inside. Too sweet to part with...

Not into frogs? No problem, these little scrubby friends apparently come in all shapes and sizes. I even saw a shiny metallic skull for all you Halloween fans out there. Of course, they are less expensive in the thrift store. 

Now, the openings on these kinds of holders are actually very large and there's no lip to keep the dirt from spilling out. I put a teeny, tiny pot in his big mouth to solve that. I had one on hand, but any small container will do. 

Mini Clay Pot

Again, just add dirt and a plant of your choice. I hit my garden and grabbed some more of that same creeping ground cover and a smidge of a flowering plant for some color.

Frog Garden Planter

Red. Of course. 

And there you have it.

Inexpensive, easy and nondescript home decor.

For whatever season you've got your foot in. 

Happy September!

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44 comments:

  1. the frog planter is awesome..

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    1. Thanks so much, super easy to make!

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  2. The little frog planter is making me smile and giggle this morning....he is darling! I'm not quite ready to bring out the pumpkins yet, either, although I wouldn't mind smelling some pumpkin spice!

    I want to start putting some of my summer decor away, so I might go with apples or something.

    Enjoy your Labor Day weekend!

    xo,
    RJ

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    1. I am with you, RJ, apples, yes, pumpkins, not quite yet. Frogs are apparently just fine! 😉

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  3. Happy September Kim . . .
    I enjoyed your little planter creations . . .
    Mister Frog looks great with a bit of color and greens!

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    1. Thanks Lynne! He was too cute to pass up!

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  4. I love these ideas! The little frog turned out so cute! Did I tell you that when I was a little kid, I bought my mom a frog similar to yours at M.E. Moses which was a dime store. :)

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    1. He was so cute just sitting there at the register, Stacey. He was begging to come home...and I miss dime stores, don't you. They had everything!

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  5. My best friend in high school collected frogs. I always smile when I see them! Your frog planter is adorable, and I love the tea cup planter as I definitely love those!

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    1. I am a frog junkie, Deanna. Something about their faces are so sweet...maybe it's a Kermit thing, hooked from childhood. 😉

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  6. Hi Kim, your tea-cup planter looks so sweet and I love the little frog. I think you made the right choice of having him outside, rather than in the kitchen..Happy Weekend..Judy

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    1. I need to get more tea cups now, Judy. I am just addicted!! Of course, I have no place to put them and the poor plants are probably doomed, but they are just too pretty to pass up.

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  7. Love this frog. Adorable have a great weekend.
    Kris

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    1. Thanks Kris and he really is cute!

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  8. Happy Labor Day weekend, Kim. Very cute frog. He (she?) adds a touch of whimsy to your cottage. Love the teacup, too. I'm not ready to decorate for fall. Our temps have been in the 90's all week. Today it's supposed to get up to a 100 degrees, and then above 100 this next week. Don't know when it's going to cool off. No signs of autumn here at all. Hugs.

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    1. Thanks so much, Nancy! Yes, can't get into fall decor when it's 100 degrees outside. I hope it's begun to cool off in your neck of the woods, my friend. Hugs!

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  9. Great ideas, Kim! Love the tea planter and, of course, the frog planter! They are beautiful, my friend!

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  10. I am hoping September does it's usual warm thing for awhile. You don't know what to wear or how to decorate but it is nice when the summer holds on. Your planters are very cute. I had a frog soap dish like that a long time ago...where is that thing?! I used mine for brillo pads :-)

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    1. Summer is holding on here, so far, AnnMarie and I am not complaining. Thanks so much for the kind comment and I hope you find your frog. He would look great in your charming garden or on your porch!

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  11. I LOVE that frog! What a score! A huge smile like that is worth every penny (isn't that what we tell ourselves about braces???). Do you happen to know what kind of plant you put in the tea cup? I have some old tea cans that I was going to put succulents or cactus in, but I rather like the leaves spilling over. Thanks, Kim!

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    1. That's so funny, Audra, I just went and found out as someone else asked too. I believe it is called Creeping Mazus, by a company called Jeepers Creepers. It was literally a buck at the nursery several years ago. Love it.

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  12. Great ideas, I like the tea cup idea. I did this with some succulents and I plan to do some more the first turned out so cute.

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  13. I love the frog pot in which you have kept a flowering plant. It was a different idea...

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    1. Thanks so much! He was just calling out for plant with that big mouth of his! 😉

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  14. Love the frog, I couldn't wait, I have started my Halloween Decorating!

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    1. I bet it looks fabulous, as always! ❤️

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  15. I love using unique containers for planters! What is the green leafy plant you are using in both containers? I really like it and it doesn't look familiar to me!

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    1. Melanie, I just investigated. I believe it is called Creeping Mazus, by a company called Jeepers Creepers. We bought it at the nursery years ago as ground cover near the pond and it took off. I think I paid a dollar for it and it was in a tiny pot. Great bargain for sure.

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  16. Hi Kim, I love these cute ideas to decorate the house with the frog planter and the tea cup! I too do not have up any decorations yet for fall but soon. The weather is a little crazy with one day feeling like fall and the next day like summer.
    Thanks for sharing this at C&C with J&J.
    Enjoy the week.
    Julie xo

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    1. Thanks for the party, Julie and the visit! I really enjoyed making these and it was a fun way to stall fall a little longer!

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  17. So cute, Kim - I love the frog, he's adorable!!

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    1. Thanks! And I can't argue Debbie, I am smitten.

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  18. Great ideas! I'm always looking for a pretty tea cup to use as a planter. Nothing has struck me as just right, yet. Love your cute little frog.

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    1. There were so many pretty tea cups at the thrift store, I could've come home with an armful. I just have no place to put them in this tiny house! Probably better for the plants that way!! 🤣

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  19. How cute is Mr Frog!! He was made for your plants!!

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  20. I love that frog planter! He is super cute. I will have to get one. Love your inspiration!

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    1. Thanks so much! He just stole my heart.

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  21. Oh that frog delights my heart. You are so clever and creative!
    Have a wonderful week.

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    1. Thank you so much! He really is fun to look at.

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  22. Oh my...that frog planter is adorable. Thanks for sharing this with us at the Waste Not Wednesday link Party. Looking forward to seeing you back this week.

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    1. Thanks Denise and thanks for the party!

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